Comet Lovejoy R1
in the Evening sky
May 31, 2014

 This Comet has been around for a long time! I was thrilled to be able to still record this object which is now very faint at 12 - 13th magnitude in Scorpius low in the south east this time of year in the evenings. The comet still has a fan tail of dust which was a total surprise, especially how extensive it was.

When at its peak, the comet was a spectacular imaging target early in the morning sky before sunup, here is a shot I took around that time, with the comet seen best from my elevated balcony on the back of my house:



Two images are presented here. The top is a standard 36 minute LRGB exposure set to show the comet moveing against the background stars in Scorpius. The tail is evident fanning to the upper right.

The second image is a mathematically equalized version which shows the huge fan tail better at the expense of noise.

Farewell Comet Lovejoy R1.

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Lens: 12.5" f/5 Home bult Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 36m LRGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 50F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS